Suddenly Ataxic

Sunday was a slow day here in Iowa due to subzero temperatures.  I took the dogs on a short hike and then spent the rest of the day curled up in bed with a book.  In the midafternoon Rose suddenly got up from her dog bed and went into “kitty stalk” mode.  Suprisingly her front legs started paddling and then she couldn’t control her back end either.  Although I knew the issue was most likely neurogical I quickly checked her for injuries and other potential issues.  Rose was dosed with an NSAID and monitored until I could get her into see her veterinary chiropractor on Monday.

Monday Rose was able to walk but was still ataxic.  She couldn’t seem to bear weight on one side of her body and listed sideways.  Her veterinary chiropractor, Dr. King DVM, squeezed her into her schedule. Dr. King adjusted her and said that she had some nerves pinched at her atlas (C1). Once Rose had been adjusted she immediately began walking better but was still ataxic in her rear.  As of today Rose is still ataxic in her rear but seems to be in good spirits.  She is being monitored and will hopefully improve.  If she does not then she will probably be referred to a neurologist.

Rose’s neurological issues are nothing new.  She was limping at 9 months when I visited her in the shelter (advertised as an agility prospect).  The shelter staff were unaware of her limp and suprised when I asked about it.  The vet tentatively diagnosed her with panosteitis but that was finally disproven.  Finally at age 2 yrs we discovered that chiropractic care would help her live a more normal life.  Several specialists wondered if she had been hit by a car before I had adopted her.  Although we trained in agility Rose was not allowed to perform weave poles, high jumps (she jumped 16″ instead of 24″), and did not perform the teeter.  Rose and I remained active in agility until she began going blind a year ago. 

Hopefully Rose will return to full force soon and can continue to enjoy her early retirement. Of course, she’s still my hiking partner. 🙂